Travelog: Moorea

Pareu in French Polynesia
Tahitian women casually wear very light and colorful with floral imprint piece of cloth as a dress or as a cover-up for bathing suit. Well, that is called pareu and this is one of the most popular native items you can find in Moorea.

Every time Paul Gauguin visits Moorea, I would normally spend few hours on a biking trip ashore. During one of these trips around the island, I passed by women dying several pieces of this clothing. Out of curiosity, I stopped and got off from my bike and took few moments to see how pareus were dyed to an artistic blend of bright colors in various floral patterns.

Pareu in French Polynesia
One of the women named Laina noticed that I was watching them. She waved her hand at me and invited me to come closer to them. She was chatty and spoke English with French accent. I knew they were in a hurry to finish dying the few remaining cloths but Laina was like a live wire – she didn’t stopped talking and started sharing more interesting stuff about the pareu.

So from Laina, I learned that this light and simple wrap around is casually worn by women in French Polynesia and is also fashionably worn for attending formal events and social gatherings. Without further interrupting Laina and her team, I thanked her, took few photos with them before I continued biking.

Speaking of world class beaches resorts, Moorea has several international resorts. Moorea has lots of engaging activities to do too. Some of these includes whale and dolphin watching tours, sharks and sting-rays feeding, snorkelling, swimming, scuba diving, parasailing.

Pareu in French Polynesia
If you’ll gonna ask me about top things to buy in Moorea. Well, I would always prefer buying those things not common in my place or doesn’t exist at all. Like the wrap around clothing called pareu, vanilla beans and black pearls.

Moorea is very close to Tahiti and getting there by ferry is fast and convenient. Vai’are Bay is where all these ferries coming from Papeete docked. Though Moorea is very close to Papeete, daily flights from Moorea to Papeete are also available.

Moorea is a world class destination where small hotels, pension houses, private guesthouses, overwater bungalows and garden villas spread throughout the island. Staying either in 3 star or 5 star hotels, I’m sure your French Polynesia experience will still be the same.

Pareu in French Polynesia
One of the many things I find fascinating about French Polynesia is the laid back lifestyle locals enjoy that even me who grew up in a countryside village in the Philippines was so envious about it. The island of Moorea is in no way spared from my envy, despite its economic boom in tourism; people in Moorea remained attached to the simple way of living.

Tahitian women casually wear very light and colorful with floral imprint piece of cloth as a dress or as a cover-up for bathing suit. Well, that is called pareu and this is one of the most popular native items you can find in Moorea.